Cupid’s Other Arrow

Through a slideshow of photos and a short paragraph, Jenna demonstrates that love on Valentine’s Day can be found in many different places…

By: Jenna Lam (grade 10)

Bouquets of fresh red roses, overpriced heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and humongous cuddly teddy bears are usually the first things that come to mind when someone says Valentine’s Day. Stereotypically hated by single people, and loved by those in romantic relationships, this holiday can be quite controversial. However, what people often forget is that Valentine’s Day is also a day to celebrate all of the different loves in our lives. Unfortunately, this is not recognized so easily. Love is often hiding right underneath our noses in plain sight and we can’t even tell! Love is our friends and families who support and cheer us on everyday. Love is kindness to our neighbours, or our relationships with strangers who we are so grateful for. Love is hugging our pets that make us smile with delight. Love is our burning passions, dreams and hopes for the world. Love is romantic and deep. Love is regard for your own well-being and happiness. Love is valid in more ways than we are led to believe. Often times, the business of daily life makes us forget to tell our loved ones how we feel about them. So this Valentine’s Day, I urge you all to acknowledge your gratitude accompanied with a hug, laugh, smile or kiss. Instead of brooding over the fact that you lack a significant other, spend the day with a person or a thing that you love. And even if you do have that special someone, take the time to appreciate the other loved ones in your life. Perhaps you can cook a special dinner, play a board game, have a Netflix binge session, or jam out to your favourite playlist. Whatever it is you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, remember to bask in the love that surrounds us, and continue to spread it.

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